Dr. John F. Kvach

John KvachAssistant Professor of History
407 Roberts Hall
(256) 824-2570
John.Kvach@uah.edu

Areas of Specialty

  • American South
  • Public History
  • Nineteenth-Century America
  • Civil War and Reconstruction
  • Vita

John F. Kvach, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of History at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. His teaching fields and research focus on the nineteenth-century South, Civil War and Reconstruction, and Public History. He has written numerous articles, conference papers, and book chapters on the antebellum and postbellum South. He is the author of the recently released De Bow’s Review: The Antebellum Vision of a New South (2013), published by the University Press of Kentucky for its New Directions in Southern History series. The book examines the regional influence of J.D.B. De Bow, the antebellum South’s most influential editor, by tracing his editorial contributions and the actions of 1,500 readers of De Bow’s Review. Rejecting previous characterizations of the South as a backward and impoverished place, Dr. Kvach highlights De Bow’s antebellum contributions as a regional booster who guided southerners toward a more modern economy before the Civil War while simultaneously creating the framework for a postwar New South Creed. His current research focuses on how southern information networks where formed and influenced by the Civil War and how the obtainment and spread of rumor shaped the southern mind.       

Dr. Kvach teaches a wide variety of courses in American and Public History. He also founded and currently serves as the director of UAH’s Public History program, the first accredited program in the state of Alabama. Dr. Kvach has received national grants from the History Channel, Smithsonian Institute, the Alabama Humanities Foundation and currently serves on numerous state and local boards that promote history. He has also arranged over forty internships for his public history students since 2008. Dr. Kvach won the Daughters of the American Revolution National Medal for Historic Preservation in 2013.

Dr. Kvach attended West Virginia University and earned his B.A. and M.A. in History and Public History. After leaving Morgantown he worked for the National Park Service, the National Library of Medicine, and various other private and public museums and archives. He later spent six years as an instructor and administrator at Howard Community College in Columbia, Maryland. Dr. Kvach earned his Ph.D. at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville in 2008.